Conference: Spectrum Beyond Incentive Auctions


Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET
Venue: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge

Speakers include Blair Levin, Robert Kaminski, Thomas Hazlett, Richard Bennett, Michael Marcus and Harold Furchtgott-Roth.

[Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius] Genachowski pointed out that it takes a long time–an average of over nine years–to get spectrum back, so there will be no “instant spectrum recovery.” (Nov. 2009)

In March 2010, the F.C.C. released the National Broadband Plan, which focused on a policy imperative: allowing mobile markets more access to liberal, licensed spectrum. Toward that end, the Plan critiqued past efforts to reallocate spectrum as slow and clumsy, and set an aggressive time-table for new allocations. But the targets are proving elusive. Incentive Auctions, the headline policy item, are enmeshed in a complex design process; other initiatives have been delayed or shelved entirely. Whatever occurs, two things are clear. First, we can learn something important about spectrum regulation by evaluating the F.C.C.’s 2010 goals, approaches, and results. Second, we are yet challenged by the task of making bandwidth available to wireless markets. Nine-year rulemakings may not be the optimal path.

8:30 – 11:00 AM, National Press Club, Holeman Lounge
* Blair Levin, Aspen Institute, Keynote: Spectrum Reallocation Challenges
* Robert Kaminski, Capital Alpha Partners, Charting FCC Allocations Since 2010
* Thomas Hazlett, Clemson & George Mason, No Frills Reallocations, Now and Then
* Richard Bennett, AEI, Blueprint for a Federal Spectrum Service
* Michael Marcus, Virginia Tech, Restructuring the Regime
* Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Hudson Institute, Markets v. Governments


An audio recording of the event is available here:


The text of Blair Levin’s speech can be downloaded here:

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Robert Kaminsky’s slides can be downloaded here:

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Michael Marcus’s slides can be downloaded here:

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Michael Marcus’s comments to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Spectrum Policy can be downloaded here:

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Thomas Hazlett’s Paper, Efficient Spectrum Reallocation with Hold-Ups and Without Nirvana, can be downloaded here:

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Harold Furchtgott-Roth’s paper, Open Spectrum: A Major Step for U.S. Innovation and Economic Growth, can be downloaded here:

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